Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

I don’t know about you, but I have a serious sweet tooth that I need to keep in check sometimes. So when it kicked in this weekend I went for something healthier (to make it even healthier I used Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter - which has easily become my new favorite way to enjoy peanut butter since it really cuts calories way down) with the perfect amount of sweet and deliciousness.



Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
Ingredients:
8 tablespoons Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter Vanilla
6 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened or melted
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions:
1. Combine the powdered peanut butter and water together.
2. Add coconut oil and maple syrup to peanut butter.
3. Mix until no lumps remain.
4. Pour fudge into a container lined with parchment paper.
5. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hours to let the fudge set
6. After the fudge has completely hardened, remove from freezer.
7. Using a sharp knife cut the fudge into squares (I did 8).
8. Place the fudge into a container of individual baggies.
9. Store in the freezer until ready to eat.



White Horse Inn

 
I’m not a huge fan of chain restaurants. I tend to go for local favorites in new towns or my hometown. The White Horse Inn restaurant was established in 1850. It closed for a little while a new owner took over and renovations happened. The restaurant reopened last fall and recently one of my friends highly recommended that I take the trip out to Metamora to try it. The inside is decked out in horses, Edison bulbs and old time treasures – while outside you can take a horse drawn carriage ride and in the winter the carriage ride becomes a sleigh ride.








Blueberry Chia Pie

I don't know about you, but I always associate the holiday season with pies - especially Thanksgiving. I recently made my first gluten free and vegan pie, and it was everything I could of hoped for. As a matter of fact I will now be using this pie crust for any pies I make now.

What's your favorite kind of pie? Mine? Four Berry or Strawberry.... yum!

Blueberry Chia Pie
Gluten Free & Vegan
Ingredients:
Crust
2 cups almond flour
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flax meal mixed with 3 Tbsp water)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger

Filling
5 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup water
1.5 Tbsp lemon juice
1.5 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp arrowroot
1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a food process combine, flour, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
3. Add coconut oil and flax egg - pulse until a dough forms.
4. Press dough into pie dish and bake for 9 minutes.
5. In a saucepan combine, blueberries, syrup, water, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.
6. Bring to a boil and then turn down and simmer for 3-5 mins.
7. Once done simmering add chia seeds + arrowroot and mix well.
8. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes.
9. Pour the blueberry mixture into cooked pie crust.
10. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
11. Enjoy

* Pie should be kept refrigerated.

Detroit Free Press 5k


Since May my bff and I have made it our goal to run at least one 5k each month. We've done the Color Run, Insane Inflatable and Glow Runs, but this one by far was the hardest. We ran in 33 degree temperatures and had not trained previously for a cold weather run as temps had been holding steady in the 50's. As a result our pace wasn't what we expected it to be - not to mention my knee absolutely killed me.

What I learned:
Compression socks and sleeves are a must
Get a pair of gloves that cover your hands and can be fingerless
Take a bone health supplement or fish oil to lube my joints
Eat a banana before a run
This was the first race I ran in my Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 - absolutely LOVE these shoes so much!





Fall Date Ideas

Here's ten fun fall date ideas. What's on your list?

1. Check out the colors
2. Take a hike
3. Game night - air hockey or pool at a local sports bar
4. Go to the cider mill
5. Pick apples
6. Tailgate
7. Carve pumpkins
8. Make caramel apples
9. Try out a new restaurant
10. Visit a town you've been to

Green Smoothie Goddess

I was always the girl that judged others for their green smoothie addiction. While I love smoothies the thought of adding spinach or kale was just obnoxiously disgusting. A couple weeks ago my aunt made her and I each a green smoothie for dessert. The color of it was less than appealing, but since she's never steered me wrong I gave it a try. To my surprise it was a fruity masterpiece of healthy goodness. Seriously, I couldn't taste the spinach at all. Since then I have been having a green smoothie daily and below you'll find my favorite recipe.

 I recently wanted to add some protein to my smoothies and had the opportunity to try out Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Hearts - I think I eat more out of the bag than I add actually add to my smoothie. They're one of my new favorite products. Definitely a great fiber and protein addition to any smoothie.


Green Smoothie Goddess
Ingredients
(I do not have exact measurements just add to taste)
handful of fruit (I used a strawberry, pinapple and mango combo)
Hemp seeds
splash of milk
small handful of spinach

Directions
1. Blend all ingredients together. Adding more milk as necessary.
2. Enjoy.

Kushyfoot


Kushyfoot is a hosiery company dedicated to making fashion more comfortable, and let me tell you they have every girl in mind.  

Flats To Go! These super light foldable flats are a necessity in any girls handbag as they’ll relieve your feet from the high heel life.  
I absolutely hate when you can see my socks in my shoes. So these Athletic Foot Covers have become a workout must-have. I keep a pair in my gym bag always…. Just in case.

Every Saturday morning you can find me blaring rap music on my way to the farmers market after yoga…clearly I like to keep it zen. Yoga studios are filled with germs and foot diseases so I’m absolutely loving the fact that these Yoga socks are keeping my feet clear of any lingering germs.


Insta Lately

 {love you a latte}
I haven't done an "Insta Lately" post in awhile and I thought since fall has officially arrived it presented the perfect opportunity to share my world lately.

 {falling for autumn} 

 {apple cider macarons}

 {apple picking}

 {fall florals}
{wristy business}

{starbucks and sweet potato cupcakes}

Fall Romance


Over the weekend a couple girlfriends and I got together. We enjoyed our fair share of romantic comedies and fondu. While we talked we realized that not only were the three of us single but our summer was filled (well some of ours ;)) with one-night stands and fleeting short-term relationships. Fall was coming (it’s now arrived and it’s 80 here in Michigan – makes no sense) and that would present the opportunity for new connections as we curl up together in blankets and spend quality time near a roaring fire. When the weather turns crisp and cooler those of us who didn’t want a summer relationship tend to now crave a fall one, actually a relationship that will carry on further than fall.

Fall allows us to be vulnerable and not only does it set the trees on fire, but it sets our hearts on fire as well. So while I experienced the best summer I have had in a long time, my heart is ready to be vulnerable this fall – what’s your plan for your heart this fall.